Live blog Hall H panel “Django Unchained”

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By Sandra Kraisirideja

12:41 p.m. Tarantino still has one more week of filming on “Django.”

12:35 p.m. Washington says Tarantino’s knowledge of music, TV and film is “ridiculous.” During a cast dinner Tarantino remembered a movie that Johnson forgot he had done.

12:30 p.m. Q&A is starting and the first question is for Tarantino. To paraphrase, how does he keep writing strong female characters where other writers, both male and female, always fall short? Tarantino says he just digs strong chicks.

12:27 p.m. Tarantino is wearing a shirt given to him by an artist who imagined all of his characters as little kids playing on the playground.

12:16 p.m. Johnson says his character, “Big Daddy” is the kindler, gentler plantation owner. He’s funny and bad. He found the character’s voice by studying a lot of Foghorn Leghorn.

12:11 p.m. Goggins describes his character as “ruthless.” He represents the working man’s perspective. Jackson plays DiCaprio’s house slave.

12:01 p.m. Tarantino says it wasn’t lost on him that Doc Holiday was a dentist but he made Waltz’ character a doctor and was interested in tooth extractions. By being a dentist he could hide in plain sight as a bounty hunter. Tarantino describes the clip that’s about to show as an industry sizzle reel, which is eight minutes long. There’s a lot of choice scenes that haven’t been in the trailers. Not much footage of Washington or Jackson. They hadn’t shot the second half of the movie yet so all of the footage is from the first half of the movie. If it’s good enough for the industry it’s good enough for the fans.

11:58 a.m. Waltz says he had no experience with racism whatsoever because he grew up in Vienna.

11:56 a.m. Tarantino says he wanted to take the Western genre that we know so well and place it in the Antebellum south in the hands of a slave.

11:51 a.m. Foxx says he grew up in a “racially charged” time in Texas. By having that experience he was able to grasp what was in the script. There were parallels in his life to Django’s life and he was able to use that as an actor.

11:44 a.m. Tarantino says he has always wanted to do a spaghetti Western and the initial idea for “Django Unchained” began about 13 years ago and the story was about a slave who becomes a bounty hunter.

11:39 a.m. Moderator Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly describes “Django Unchained” as “dark, savage, bloody tale of revenge.” Cast members Jaime Foxx, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, followed by Quentin Tarantino. Foxx is looking very dapper in a jewel blue shirt and black fedora. Waltz is sporting a serious salt-and-pepper beard.

11:19 a.m. Hall H is filling up slowly and there are still seats towards the back and a few empty rows scattered about. Quentin Tarantino is here to discuss his new movie, “Django Unchained,” starring Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Don Johnson, Kerry washington Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson. The official program description does not give a clue as to who will be in attendance.

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